Observing at the 152 cm Telescope
G.D. Cassini

News, information and tools for applicants and observers

Preparing and submitting proposals
Useful information and recommendations
Service Observing
Observations policy
Instruments manuals
Technical Assistance at the Telescope (In italian)
Target of Opportunity Policy (in Italian)
Use of Observing Time
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The schedule of the 152 cm Telescope for the current period is now available.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the next observing period is

June 20, 2013 - 13 UT

On July 26, 2013 the schedule for the next observing period will be released by the TAC (Time Allocation Committee).

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Preparing and submitting proposals

The observing proposals should be submitted within the announced deadline.
See the Notes for preparing the proposals.
For Targets of Opportunity (ToO) see the ToO Policy.
Applicants must prepare the proposals filling in the Time Requesting Form (TRF), which is available
  1. as a Web form
  2. or in the following formats for downloading:

Applicants should consider send a mail as the preferred mode for preparing and submitting proposals.

The proposals should be sent to the Time Allocation Committee by
address: Time Allocation Committee
         Att. Dr. S. Galleti
         Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna
         via Ranzani, 1
         40127 - Bologna - Italy
or simply submitting the Web form.

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Useful information and recomandations for visiting astronomers

Visiting astronomers can consult this regional map to locate Loiano and consult our tourist page to see the suggested routes, the bus service timetable and other information.

The Loiano Guesthouse address is:

Stazione Osservativa di Loiano
via Nazionale, 11
40050 Loiano
tel. 051-6544350 - 3666397528
it is located 2 Km about after Loiano, on the National Road n.65 (Strada Statale n.65, Futa)

Visiting astronomers are kindly requested to arrive at Loiano within 12 a.m. of the starting day of observing run, in order to have enough time for the accommodation at the guesthouse, if previously requested, and for checking the telescope setup. When arriving, visitors should check in with Mr. Claudio Pino, which is the custodian and manager of the guesthouse.
Guesthouse accommodation is free of charge for observers.

At the station's altitude of 800 m. a.s.l., the climate is tipical of a low mountain site, with fresh summers and cold winters, with the possibility of snow and ice on the roads. Observers should be equipped with suitable clothes. Rubber soled shoes are suggested inside the telescope building.

Please read carefully the information on health and safety issues. It is also recommended that you read the Visitor's information pack (now in Italian) before leaving for Loiano. Visiting astronomers get a copy of the visitor's information pack at the observatory upon arrival.

For informations on restaurants, hotels, entertainment visitors can refer to the local information service.

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Observations policy

Observations at the 152 cm Telescope take place with the presence of a night assistant.
The astronomer takes the responsibility of managing the scientific observations.
The night assistant has the full responsibility of
- correctly operating the telescope and the focal plane instrumentation,
- verifying the existence of suitable weather conditions for observing.
Weather conditions for observing are reported in the table below.

Condition Value Action
Wind speed (Km/h) > 40 Dome must be closed
Relative humidity (%) < 70 Telescope can operate
from 70 to 75 Operations with caution - check umidity frequently
>75 Telescope mirror cover must be closed
>80 Dome must be closed

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A local area network connects all the instruments computers and a PC running Linux is operating at the 152 cm Telescope, as well as providing an Internet connection.
Scientific software packages (IRAF, MIDAS) are available for quick looks and data reduction.
The standard data export media are DVD-ROM and/or CD-ROM.
Any other requirement should be presented in advance and agreed upon with Dr. V. Zitelli.
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Instrument manuals

The user manual of BFOSC, the multipurpose instrument for spectroscopy and imaging is available in Italian and English.

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